I saw in the night visions
Very probably the same night in which he had the dream and vision of the four beasts; but this that follows, being a new object presented, is introduced and prefaced after this manner; as well as, being something wonderful and worthy of attention, has a "behold" prefixed to it: and, behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven;
not Judas Maccabaeus, as Porphyry; nor the Roman people, as Grotius; nor the people of Israel, as Aben Ezra; nor the people of the saints of the most High, as Cocceius; but the Messiah, as most Christian interpreters, and even the Jews themselves, both ancient and modern, allow. In the ancient book of Zohar F21 it is said,
``in the times of the Messiah, Israel shall be one people, to the Lord, and he shall make them one nation in the earth, and they shall rule above and below; as it is written, "behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven"; this is the King Messiah of whom it is written, "and in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven, set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed" ( Daniel 2:44 ) ''So in the Talmud F23 this prophecy is thus reconciled with another, concerning the Messiah, in ( Zechariah 9:9 ) , to what R. Alexander said, R. Joshua ben Levi objects what is written, and, behold, one like to the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven;
``if they (the Israelites) are worthy, he (the Messiah) comes with the clouds of heaven; but if they are not worthy, he comes poor, and riding on an ass;''and so it is interpreted in their ancient Midrashes F24, or expositions, as well us in more modern ones: Jarchi on the text says,
``he is the Messiah;''and so R. Saadiah Gaon and Jacchiades, this is Messiah our righteousness; and Aben Ezra observes, that this is the sense R. Jeshua gives, "that one like to the Son of man" is the Messiah; and he adds, it is right, only along with him must be joined the holy people, who are the Israelites: and, with the Jews, Anani, which signifies "clouds", is the name of the Messiah, founded upon this text, in the Targum of ( 1 Chronicles 3:24 ) , where mention is made of the name of a person, Anani, it is added,
``who is the Messiah that is to be revealed;''so in an ancient book called Tanchuma F25, speaking of Zerubbabel, it is asked, from whence did he spring? it is answered from David, as it is said, ( 1 Chronicles 3:10 ) "and Solomon's son was Rehoboam"; and so all in the line are mentioned unto Anani, ( Daniel 7:24 ) and then it is asked, who is this Anani? this is the Messiah, as it is said, ( Daniel 7:13 ) : and I saw in the visions of the night, and, behold, one like to the Son
``he was brought near before him,''as by the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions.